"Cities help foster development of a wide range of cultural products, and by agglomerating inputs, they provide a fertile ground for cultural expression. Culture and its context play a key role in shaping cultural product creation. Technology allows cultural entities to extend their reach and expand their markets. This reinforces major cities’ dominance while diminishing secondary cities." C. Samuel Craig. City, Culture and Society, Volume 4, Issue 4, December 2013, pp. 195–202.
"Drawing on Bourdieu's field, habitus, and capital, I show how disparate experiences and “dispositions” shaped several departments’ development in the organization behind the annual Burning Man event. Observations and interviews with organizers and members indicated that in departments with hierarchical professional norms or total institution-like conditions, members privileged their capital over others’ capital to enhance their authority and departmental solidarity. For another department, the availability of multiple practices in their field fostered disagreement, forcing members to articulate stances. These comparisons uncover conditions that exacerbate conflicts over authority and show how members use different types of capital to augment their authority." Katherine K. Chen. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Book Volume 34, 2012. pp: 135-164.
"Do people use different emotion regulation strategies in different social contexts? To answer this question, we compared typical emotion regulation use with emotion regulation use at a temporary annual art festival (Burning Man). We assessed two common emotion regulation strategies: expressive suppression (linked to generally negative outcomes) and cognitive reappraisal (linked to generally positive outcomes)." Kateri McRae, S. Megan Heller, Oliver P. John, James J. Gross Basic and Applied Social Psychology, Volume 33, Issue 4, 2011, pp. 346-350. DOI:10.1080/01973533.2011.614170
"Researchers have called for more studies of how organizations institutionalize the unfamiliar as taken for granted. This study answers this call by examining how an organization has advocated an unfamiliar activity, the prosumption of art." Katherine K. Chen The City College of New York and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, NY, USA.
"What does Burning Man and space exploration have in common? Well, any Burner (and likely non-Burners) will tell you that the Playa looks like another world. I have been fortunate enough to travel across the planet with NASA Astrobiologists in search of the driest and saltiest places on Earth." Matthew F. Reyes, April 10th, 2014.
"'After 24 years of tending our garden in the desert, we now have the means to cultivate its culture worldwide,' said founder Larry Harvey in a statement. 'Sometimes things just pop, and this is one of those moments.'" Carly Schwartz, Huffington Post, March 4, 2014.
"After collecting tens of thousands of dollars in water jugs, organizers determined to give this money directly to stranded residents of the gulf states and New Orleans, who were gathering in a state of shock at the Katrina Information Center. Later the spark that was set off at the Katrina Information Center grew into the Temple to Temple initiative, various Burning Man direct volunteer relief and Mississippi Delta reconstruction efforts, and ultimately Burners without Borders. This year a documentary film was launched on the whole wonderful drama." Chris Arkenberg, BoingBoing, June 18, 2010.
"Most of the 20,000-plus free spirits at this week's Burning Man counterculture celebration travel to the desert 120 miles north of Reno to express themselves with music and art, commune with nature or just 'find themselves.'" Scott Sonner, Deseret News, August 29, 2002.
"In the Festival of the Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, 2,500 hardy souls trekked out into the middle of the largest flat expanse of land in North America to experiment with community." Matt Wray, Issue #21, September 1995.
"This dissertation maps out the cultural terrain of Burning Man in order to explain how performing there is form of identity-making and cultural commodity. As one of a handful of North American festivals which expressly discourage commercialism and commodification, theatricality takes the place of significance for entertainment and communication."
Kara Leeann Kehoe Master Thesis in Communication Studies
"This study illustrates and explains communal identity performance and maintenance as manifested by the participants in the counterculture community at Burning Man. This community is dedicated to countercultural ideals set forth by the Burning Man Organization."
This work is a revised version of the thesis presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University, Montreal. Jessica McCaffrey, September, 2012.